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RED ROOF INN
1212 W. LINCOLN HWY
DEKALB, IL 60115 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
April 25th, 2020

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LAUGH OR DIE WELCOMES KYLE AND CREW!

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Laugh or Die Comedy Fest is excited to welcome Kyle and Crew as part of our 2019 event! Comedy ventriloquist Kyle Scribner and his friends are sure to bring some unique fun and memories you will talk about for years to come!

Kyle and Crew will take the stage at 1pm, don't miss it!

To learn more about Kyle and Crew Visit:
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2019 LAUGH OR DIE AWARDS WINNERS!

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2019 Award Nominees!

BEST FILM
WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW
BRIDGE
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE FURTIVE FESTIVITY
THE AMAZING ANTI-FART FORMULA
 
BEST DIRECTOR
AARON PAGNIANO - WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW
CHARNSTAR ANDERSON - PIZZA DELIVERANCE
LUKE PILGRIM & BRAD KENNEDY - THE AMAZING ANTI-FART FORMULA 
NEILS BOURGONJE - BRIDGE
 
BEST WRITER
JONATHAN HIRSCH - TUESDAY CROWD
PEARSON JENKS - BEACON HILL
CHAD JANUSCH & ZACHARY PRANCZAK
ZACKARY E OGLE & ARRAN PAGNIANO - WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW
 
BEST ACTOR
BRUCE DAVISON - ABNORMAL ATTRACTION
DANIEL ALAN KIELY - LOVE/SICK
KYLE MCCALLON - PIZZA DELIVERANCE
GRIFFIN FREEMAN - CHARACTERS
 
BEST ACTRESS
JAKKI JANDRELL - WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW
SHANAY DEMARCO - PIZZA DELIVERANCE
ARIELLE HALLER-SILVERSTONE - SAC DE MERDE
ERIN OWNBEY - THE AMAZING ANTI-FART FORMULA
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
SAC DE MERDE
FOXY TROT
BRIDGE
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE FURTIVE FESTIVITY
 
BEST EDITING
WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW
FROM HERE TO REPAIR
ABNORMAL ATTRACTION
GET HOME SAFE
 
BEST SOUND
SAC DE MERDE
THE SERPENT IN THE APPLE
RE-DICKULOUS
WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW
 
BEST MUSIC
HASTI JOON
THE LOVE SUCKERS
FOXY TROT
BEACON HILL

2019 EVENT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY APRIL 27TH

10:30AM DOORS OPEN

11:00AM FILM BLOCK A

  • **OPEN TIME SLOT** 8M
  • GRANDMA EUNICE 9M
  • THE AMAZING ANTI-FART FORMULA 9M
  • THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROMEO AND JULIET 11M
  • THE CLOWN DIES AT MIDNIGHT 13M
  • FOXY TROT 15M
  • OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER: THE JOHN ROCKER INCIDENT 17M
  • ABNORMAL ATTRACTION 28M

01:00PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BLOCK B

  • KYLE AND FRIENDS!  COMEDY VENTRILOQUIST KYLE SCRIBNER AND HIS CAST OF CHARACTERS PERFORMING LIVE! 30M

01:45PM FILM BLOCK C

  • FROM HERE TO REPAIR 5M
  • HOW I CAME OUT! 6M
  • ASK BELIEBE RECEIVE 7M
  • AV CLUB 7M
  • TOILET MAN 8M
  • THE POND 9M
  • LOVE/SICK 10M
  • HASTI JOON 12M
  • PIZZA DELIVERANCE 14M
  • **OPEN TIME SLOT** 17M
  • FIVE STARS 25M

04:00PM FILM BLOCK D

  • FATHER JAY 2M
  • CHARACTERS 3M
  • RE-DICKULOUS 4M
  • DON TROPPO 4M
  • THE ICONS 4M
  • HOPE IN A BOX 7M
  • GET HOME SAFE 7M
  • T.S.A. 8M
  • E-BOWLA 9M
  • FIVE MINUTES WITH BUCKY LOVE 10M
  • BEACON HILL 12M
  • THE SEAT 12M
  • GOOD MOURNING 16M
  • THE OWL'S NEXT 22M

06:15PM FILM BLOCK E

  • A GENERAL AUDITION 2M
  • WEINER ROAST 2M
  • BRIDGE 4M
  • THE MISADVENTURES OF RILEY AND JESS 5M
  • FULL META RACKET 6M
  • A BITTER WAR 7M
  • INKED 7M
  • THE WINGMAN 8M
  • BECAUSE WE CAN 8M
  • WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW 9M
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE FURTIVE FESTIVITY 13M
  • SAC DE MERDE 13M
  • SON OF BLACKBEARD 15M
  • TUESDAY CROWD 20M

08:30PM FILM BLOCK F

  • TOASTED 12M
  • THE LOVE SUCKERS 15M
  • THE SERPENT IN THE APPLE 18M

09:15PM AWARDS PRESENTATION

10:00PM CLOSE OF FESTIVAL

*THERE IS A 15 MINUTE INTERMISSION TIME BETWEEN FILM BLOCKS.  TICKETS ARE GOOD FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL DAY.  TICKET HOLDERS ARE ABLE TO COME AND GO ALL DAY LONG.

2019 FILM SELECTIONS!

Check out the awesome 2019 Film Selections!

LOVE/SICK

altA romantic comedy scenario told from two wildly different perspectives, the man doing the wooing and the woman responding. 

 

RE-DICKULOUS

altJeff Wood, the local sports anchor, gets a hard-on during live television. Suffering constant abuse from his small town, he decides to drink his sorrows away at the local bar. Then he gets some very solid advice from Stone, the bartender, “Give them something better to think about.”

 

GRANDMA EUNICE

altA friendly encounter between ex-high school sweethearts takes an impossibly awkward turn during a spontaneous hospital visit that will change their lives forever.

 

HOW I CAME OUT!

altA man has a unique and funny coming out story, he just doesn't know it yet.

 

A BITTER WAR

altTwo single-parent neighbors engage in an all-out war when their children open competing lemonade stands opposite each other.

 

HASTI JOON

altIn this coming-of-age comedy set in the late 70s, a rebellious 11-year-old’s overbearing Persian parents want her to be more girly and she just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately for Hasti, in this family, looks are everything!

 

SON OF BLACKBEARD

altSomehow the notorious pirate Blackbeard exists in the modern world and has a twenty-something-year-old son who just wants to party. Son of Blackbeard coasts through life on his father's accomplishments, failing to carry on his father's legacy in the manner in which Blackbeard has envisioned. Faced with the dilemma of loving his son but ensuring his legacy, Blackbeard resorts to drastic measures so that Son of Blackbeard doesn't disgrace the family name. Son of Blackbeard unknowingly proves himself, but after learning what's transpired he wants revenge, and he exacts his vengeance by threatening to destroy what Blackbeard treasures most.

FATHER JAY

altA satirical documentary about a christian minister named Father Jay.

 

SAC DE MERDE

altBased on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

 

 

THE LOVE SUCKERS

altMovie and TV veteran actors Larry Thomas, (The Soup Nazi from "Seinfeld") Eddie Deezen, (Grease, 1941, The Polar Express) and Caryn Richman (The New Gidget, A Very Brady Christmas) star in this wacky comedy about a marriage therapist who gives some unusual advice to a troubled couple. Winner of the Best Comedy Short Award at the World's Independent Film Festival in San Francisco.

 

 

WE GOT A MONKEY'S PAW

altZack and Jakki are you typical “odd couple” roommates. Jakki likes staying in, reading a good book now and again; while Zack has other hobbies like waking the dead. Things get hairy when Zack convinces Jakki to spend the day making wishes on a Monkey’s Paw. Soon the two find themselves doing backflips trying to undo the cataclysmic series of events they’ve set off. Ghost brides, demon boxes, dead-y bears, oh my! This paw is definitely in the wrong hands.

 

 

TOASTED

altWhen an intoxicated bottle of bourbon, fearful of being recycled, relies on the ingenuity of his household appliance friends to devise an escape plan.

FIVE STARS

altTwo Robbers steal an Uber car without noticing the three customers in the back seat: a young couple coming from a date and a crazy old Korean woman.

 

 

FOXY TROT

altA married couple unexpectedly face their relationship issues when they take ballroom dance lessons in a very heteronormative class.

 

 

THE CLOWN DIES AT MIDNIGHT

altA drunk and gambling addicted clown owes money to two mobs in one night.

 

 

CHARACTERS

altThe happiest place on Earth is said to be in Orlando, Florida where a giant mouse lives. In Silver City, New Mexico you get the characters of Cosmic Adventures.

THE OWL'S NEST

altThe unprofessional and disgruntled staff clash with one another at THE OWL'S NEST, a trendy and overpriced gastropub restaurant in this mockumentary comedy series.

 

 

FULL META RACKET

altMatt DiRico is a student filmmaker extraordinaire, but his talents become challenged when he is forced to work with a film crew for the first time.

 

THE SERPENT IN THE APPLE

altA documentary-style short about a group of hopeful, would-be filmmakers as they follow an unlikely protagonist who will change the course of their lives forever.

 

BEACON HILL

altAn exciting tale of revenge and murder that's slow at first, but builds with intensity and passion until it explodes at the climax.

 

BECAUSE WE CAN

altWhat do you do when you wake up after a crazy night of drinking married to a complete stranger? You either make the best of it or freak out.

 

 

PIZZA DELIVERANCE

altModel Pizza Palace employee Mike lives by the motto “when you’re loyal to your job, you’re loyal to your customers and your customers are loyal to you”. A regular delivery at the home of his favourite customer, Naomi Nakatomi, goes awry when he discovers something unsettling. Stuck with new trainee, Shenae; a no nonsense woman who’s had plenty of jobs, but never a career, the pair must put aside their differences to ensure '100% Customer Satisfaction', no matter the cost.

 

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE FURTIVE FESTIVITY

altYou're invited to the most exclusive event in all of London! Can Dr. Watson conceal a surprise party from the world's most accomplished detective? Can they keep their love hidden from disapproving Victorian eyes? Has Professor Moriarty come back from the dead to exact his revenge? Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Furtive Festivity promises mysteries, mayhem, male-on-male action, and so much more.

THE ICONS

altAlternative interpretations of signage from America's favorite generic couple, The Icons.

THE MISADVENTURES OF RILEY AND JESS

altAfter a misguided purchase of weed to impress a girl, Riley's anxiety gets the better of him. Now they must get rid of it, together!

 

 

INKED

altLilly and Cece are life-long best friends. However when matching tattoos and some mysterious ink jeopardize their friendship they have to face the good, bad, and the undead to save themselves.

 

 

AV CLUB

altAs a high-school A.V. club faces the absurdity of egomania, tensions flare between the director and lead actress, causing the director to fatally reprimand the crew.

 

 

BRIDGE

altIn 'Bridge' we see how Jos approaches a bridge after a relaxing drive, where on the other side of the bridge another driver approaches named Ad. Ad gives the right of way. But Jos insists that Ad goes first. Who will cross the bridge first?

 

 

WEINER ROAST

altA gluttonous camper squabbles with his unruly animate campfire over a pack of hotdogs.

 

 

HOPE IN A BOX

altOn Sunday morning the council offices were empty apart from two employees. At 9.20am they were abducted and taken to an unknown location. Kidnapped, tied up and locked in a box, unlikely heroes Ally and Mark have to make a decision. Do they stay or get out? A darkly comic film noir in a box.

A general audition

altBill finds his facts less than fun, so he sets off on a journey to change his life...he hopes. 

 

 

THE SEAT

altMark and Chloe are moving in together. They’re flat hunting and when choosing somewhere to live, Mark is adamant that the new place must fulfil one and only one condition: the toilet seat must 
stay up when lifted. A romantic comedy short about relationships, obsession and toilets.

 

 

TUESDAY CROWD

altCole is a fry-cook at a greasy burger joint. When his graveyard shift replacement doesn’t show up, he finds himself stuck at work late into the night, missing his anniversary dinner with his girlfriend. Across town, Jim (an upstanding owner of his own party-starting business) and his employee Billy finish wrapping up an under-the-table gig when their van is hijacked by a masked robber. As they careen through the city at gunpoint, they come to a crashing halt in the parking lot of the lonely burger joint that Cole is presently staffing. While Jim is distracted and dealing with Cole, the masked robber takes Jim’s earnings for the evening and hides in the restaurant. When Jim sees the cash is missing, he storms into the restaurant, on a mission to find the thief and recover his money.

OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER: THE JOHN ROCKER INCIDENT

altWhile looking for a new roommate, Adam and Jake try to convince Crockett that they beat up former Atlanta Braves pitcher, John Rocker, fifteen years ago.

GET HOME SAFE

altJoystick Games created 3rd person adventure game, 'Get Home Safe.' The object of the game is to walk home from the bar as a woman, and get home safe.

THE AMAZING ANTI-FART FORMULA

altAn origami obsessed nerd with chronic flatulence attempts to cure his disorder with anti-fart pills in order to date the hottest girl at the office. He ultimately discovers that being comfortable in his own skin is more important than trying to be someone he’s not.

THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROMEO AND JULIET

altAn unemployed Cupid, Quincy Lightfeather, shares how he screwed up the greatest love story of all time. While trying to impress some women, he accidentally matches the scions of two warring families – Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. As he desperately tries to fix his mistake, the situation spirals out of control. Each compounding blunder sheds more light on the events and tragedies of the original Shakespearean drama.

DON TROPPO

altJake is in hot water with crime boss, Don Troppo, and will do anything to avoid getting whacked. But what if the punishment is worse than death?

 

 

GOOD MOURNING

altAfter his best friend passes away, a young man must fulfill the deceased's final request to throw him the best funeral ever thrown. Full of booze, stories and a heartfelt goodbyes, it's a send off to a guy who lived life to the fullest.

 

 

THE POND

altEveryone lies, but this guy takes it to another level. When a delusional Daniel comes home from grocery shopping he is greeted by a mysterious note commanding him to visit the local pond. While at the pond he meets an attractive woman and a new friend.

 

 

E-BOWLA

altIt's ladies night at the local bowling alley and four long time friends decide that it's the perfect place to enjoy their one night a year away from their wives. Unfortunately, the ladies and the pizza buffet have other ideas.

 

 

ABNORMAL ATTRACTION

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TOILET MAN

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FIVE MINUTES WITH BUCKY LOVE

Five Minutes With Bucky Love is a comedic romp as two women wind their way through a gauntlet of quirky, roguish speed daters. Hoping to find a soul connection at “Pastor Bucky Love’s We Make Miracles Happen Speed Dating”, these two learn that sometimes you find something perfect in a place where no one was looking.

THE WINGMAN

A young man enlists the help of his grandmother in order to impress his girlfriend and finally lose his virginity.

ASK BELIEBE RECEIVE

A Bieber obsessed fan journeys his way to complete a task he has been dreaming out.

 

FROM HERE TO REPAIR

Four couples try to learn how to deal with the inevitable. Each other.

T.S.A.

A man with an unusual genetic disorder seeks help from a support group.


2019 Screenplay Contest Finalists

Learn about our 2019 Laugh or Die Screenplay Finalists below and see who wins best screenplay at the festival!

howdy

by Henry P. Gravelle

Two Hillybillys encounter life past Beagle Creek when they confront a Motel clerk full of wonderment.

JED STEELE EP 01: WASH, DRY, FOLD AND DIE!

by Sean Whitley

Man of action Jed Steele will fight the good fight against any foe, whether they’re Vampire Cub Scouts, the Giraffoids from Planet Junglor, bionic baboons, or even obnoxious kids who kick the backs of airplane seats. When a robot attendant at a laundromat goes nuts, will Jed save the day, or will he lose his head to the metallic robo-hands of death?!

RODNEY AND THE TRIPPY TIME TRAVELING TALE OF TRIPPING

by Brandon M. Prosek

Rodney is thrust into a bizarre situation when his older self arrives to try to change time and prevent millions from dying, including himself.

BEST LAID PLANS

by Richard Geiwitz

Two crooks plan to launder stolen money by traveling back in time, depositing it in a bank 22 years earlier, and collecting the interest in their time. Perfect! What could possibly go wrong.?

how did we get here?

by Travis Darkow and Chris Isaacson

Francis, a pessimist, and Chester, a happy go lucky pot head, struggle with two jobs they hate, all while Chester bounces his insane ideas off of Francis on how to get themselves out of their jobs. The only problem? One lacks motivation, and the other is almost always stoned. Francis drives a septic truck, and Chester works at a second hand sex toy store. How could it get any worse?

2019 Screenplay Contest SEMI-Finalists

Learn about our 2019 Laugh or Die Screenplay Semi-Finalists below!

RUBERT BECOMES

by David J Schroeder

A pink Irish ogre, RUBERT, discovers his origin and creators in an animation studio.

PEN & PENCIL: SPRING BREAK

by Devone Jones

Samantha has to take an elective in order to graduate, but cannot afford the class. Peter signs up for an art competition, but when Peter and Pencil goes missing, Samantha and Pen has to take their place.

BRAD, ACTUALLY: TRIAL BY FURY

by Jeremy Bonali

The continuing adventures of the greatest hero in the universe, Brad Callahan, and of his sister, Christine, who doesn't trust him.

DYSFUNCTION JUNCTION

by Daniel T. Davis, Jr.

A group of tame and wild animals gather nightly at a watering hole to discuss the dysfunction of the humans they come into contact with. Most episodes will begin with the animals telling anecdotes from the day’s events with the scene dissolving to tell the tale from the human’s perspective. Select episodes will take place totally from the animal’s perspective.

LIFE'S A PITCH

by Richard Geiwitz

A struggling writer carries her pitch technique into real life.

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